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The Arc Menu Launcher Suite V.4.3 by closer2thelung The Arc Menu Launcher Suite V.4.3 by closer2thelung

                NOW FULLY COMPATIBLE WITH SPOTIFY!
You can always find the latest version of the spotifyplugin here.

Introducing The Arc Menu Launcher Suite. An all in one menu launcher for your desktop.


MAIN MENU
The Arc contains 6 customizable menu items: Bookmarks, Downloads, Games, Applications, Documents, and Controls
Right click on any menu to open the respective folder path
Each menu option displays the menu items to the right. Click on the icon of the item to launch the respective item
Scroll up or down on your mouse to navigate pages

QUICK LAUNCH BAR
You may have up to 12 quick launch icons. Hover over the icon for application name
Right click on any Quick launch icon to open the Quick Launch folder

SCROLL BAR
Scroll up/down to scroll through the items
Scroll left/right to scroll a page at a time
Change scroll speed from single to page
Click on any item's icon to launch it
Click on folders to see their contents
Right click on any item's icon to see their context menu

START MENU BUTTON
Opens your windows start menu
Acts like your windows start menu
Click on the "..." button to go up a folder level
Right on start button to open a new search window
Click on the sort icon to cycle sorting menu items by Name, Date Size, and Type
Use the ascend and descend buttons to change sort order

AUDIO VISUALIZER
A round VU meter around the entire skin that can be turned on or off using the EQ button in the music control bar
Now with VisBubble visualizer fully integrated into skin | Thanks to undefinist for letting me use his awesome skin!

APP CHANGER
The inner most ring of The Arc gives you quick access to 6 useful apps:
Album Art: Displays art and track info for current track | Displays last album released with release date and link to buy on iTunes | Left click to open player | Full screen mode
Artist Info: Displays the biography of the current artist with iTunes link | Shows 5 similar artists with links to iTunes | Change from bio to similar artists and toggle full size image using the circles
Reddit Slideshow: Randomly cycles through 25 images from your favorite subreddit | Right click to cycle image | Left click to view full size | Change subreddit on mouse over or through settings menu
Weather: Displays today/tomorrow/day after weather forecast with details | Toggle background image of current condition | Click on city name to launch your weather.com local forecast
Reddit Reader: Displays 6 articles and images from 4 of your favorite subreddits
Clock: Shows current date and time | Shows sunrise and sunset times for today | Shows the quote of the day from brainyquote.com | Toggle background image of reddit slideshow

MUSIC CONTROL BAR

The bottom center ring contains basic music controls (Prev | Play/Pause | Next) that work with most music players
Use the EQ button to turn on/off the VisBubble audio visualizer
Use the EX button to change the entire background of the Arc to the current album art (Works best with Arc Menu color set to black) screenshot
(Full Screen icon now located on album art app on mouse over)

RAM/CPU STATUS BAR
Customizable RAM/CPU indicator bar

SETTINGS MENU
Customize everything using the Settings Menu
The Settings Button is located at the top of the app changer
Hover over each option to see the default value
Change Album Tracker settings using the settings button located on the app itself

The Arc Menu is completely customizable through the Settings Button located at the top of the app changer circle.

The default folder locations for your Bookmarks, QuickLaunch and Controls shortcuts are "Rainmeter\Skins\ArcMenu\Folders\...". This can be changed in the Settings Menu.

!!IMPORTANT!!
In order for this skin's apps to display properly using Rainmeter's image mask feature, you need Windows 7 or higher. Win 7 users may also need this windows platform update


If you have any questions or comments please don't hesitate to post!



CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE

AlbumArt and music controls are made from rabra's CoveR
Visbubble Visualizer skin done by undefinist 
The RAM/CPU bar was inspired by Jkon00's "Pog Pack"
Clock app made from twistlemon's Elegant Clock
Weather app made from evertonstz's July Flat'ish
RSS app made from InteractEight's FLaTT's *FINAL*
Wallpapers shown in preview: Jarvis Logon | Deep Sea | Cosmos | Simple Retro | Mountains
Scroll Wheel Icons: Bookmarks | Downloads | Games | Applications | Documents | Controls


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----------------------------------------- CHANGE LOG ----------------------------------------------------

4.3
Added: Full compatibility with Spotify throughout entire Suite
Added: VisBubble Audio Level skin now replaces the old EQ bars
Added: Full customization menu for VisBubble in Settings menu
Added: Right click on Slideshow App roman numerals "III" to open image folder
Fixed: Cleaned up AlbumArt Expand mode lines
Fixed: Scaling issues with Clock app
Fixed: Version check parsing issue
Fixed: Time format dummy image size
Fixed: Issues changing Sort button opacity on hover
Fixed: Reddit RSS parsing errors returning \u codes
Fixed: ToolTip Defaults showing old version defaults in Settings menu
Changed: Inner Ring app roman numerals now fit better
Changed: Settings menu minor visual changes

4.2.1
Fixed: Version number not displaying correctly in settings menu
Fixed: Alpha values of menu controls
Changed: Scroll menu no longer shows hidden files

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:iconannev1310:
AnneV1310 Featured By Owner 10 hours ago
imgur.com/a/1ZKlf and this keeps happening :(
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:iconannev1310:
AnneV1310 Featured By Owner 10 hours ago
How do i change the expand of the album art to a different color? it just stays like the album for me. thanks
 
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:iconannev1310:
AnneV1310 Featured By Owner 11 hours ago
hello,
how can i drag the menu? it is not in the center of my desktop right now and i want it to be. I can only drag the background but not the menu self, it now just leaves the menu behind and i can drag the background. Thanks in advance!
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:iconcloser2thelung:
closer2thelung Featured By Owner 5 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Right click each part>manage skin>uncheck draggable. Then drag anywhere you want. Or manually input the x and y coordinates in the same window.
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tonguebox Featured By Owner Edited Apr 9, 2017
edit: nvm, figured out the quick launch thing

thanks for the neat skin :)
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spittinimage Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017
How do i add short-cuts onto the Quick Launch?

Awesome work by the way!
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:iconcloser2thelung:
closer2thelung Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Add shortcuts to Rainmeter\Skins\ArcMenu\Folders\Quick Launch then refresh the skin. Or you can specify a different shortcut folder in the settings menu of my skin>paths.
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Deadsoul911 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017
Awesome works!!! I really love it!!!
only an issue with the quick QUICK LAUNCH BAR, nothing in it, i try to add a shortcut into the quicklaunch folder (Rainmeter\Skins\ArcMenu\Folders\Quicklaunch) and then refresh the skin, without success...:(Waaaah! 
Any idea??


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:iconcloser2thelung:
closer2thelung Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm. Are they .LNK shortcut files? Also make sure the folder you are putting them in is Rainmeter\Skins\ArcMenu\Folders\Quick Launch (with the space bewteen the words). The folder should already exist. you don't have to create one.

If it's still not working, you can try this:
- right click on the quicklaunch bar>edit skin
- go to: ;===  Parent Measures  ===;
- delete this line of code in this section: Extensions="exe;lnk"
- refresh skin

this line of code is telling it to ignore any files that don't end in exe or LNK, so removing it will show any file that's in that folder.

If its STILL not working then send me a couple screen shots and i'll see if i can help more.
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i-m-p-i-s-h Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm having the exact same problem. The shortcuts are in the folder, but they won't show on the quick launch bar. I took a look through the codes to try and see if I could put them in through there, but I'm not fluent at all and couldn't figure it out.
The skin is wonderful, though, I really love it. It makes me want to listen to music and stare at my desktop all day. Good work.

Do you have a FAQ set up? Might be useful.
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:iconcloser2thelung:
closer2thelung Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, see my reply above to try to fix your problem.

Thanks for the kind words. Glad you like it. It is a good idea to make a FAQ. I'll make one up when I get a chance.
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TheVagrantKnight Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey man, I think I figured out why people are having trouble with the quick launch.

The thing is, under the [mQuickLaunchIcon] section, you used path=#BUILDPATH# (I'm not sure if it was intentional or not, I'm kinda new to rainmeter). Changing it to path=#QUICKLAUNCHPATH# solved the problem for me.

anyway, I'm really digging this skin. Thanks for making it public.
I also didn't expect you to be so active helping people. Truly amazing work!
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:iconcloser2thelung:
closer2thelung Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Not sure why you are seeing #BUILDPATH# but I definitely didn't put that in there. It's not showing for me when I check the code. You are correct though, it's supposed to be #QUICKLAUNCHPATH#. If anyone else is showing the same code please let me know. i'll try to figure out how that's happening.

And thanks :)
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latdcol Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017
Is there a way to minimize the entire arc?
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:iconcloser2thelung:
closer2thelung Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
In theory you could rig up a "minimize button" that hides all the Arc meters by adding a new group name to each ini file and using hide/show group bang on the "minimize button." I'm not sure why you would ever need to minimize though since it all sits on your desktop.
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FishFiend Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017
Is there any chance we could get support for google play desktop app? 
I know its rarely used but its my main player and I've near busted my brain trying to work out how to get it working for the artist info
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:iconcloser2thelung:
closer2thelung Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
It won't work. Here is a list  of players that rainmeter currently supports.
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shinosaur08 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017  New Deviant
how can i get anything on the quick launch bar? do i just paste a shortcut on the folder? i did but nothing happened... please help
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:iconcloser2thelung:
closer2thelung Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
place a shortcut into the quicklaunch folder (Rainmeter\Skins\ArcMenu\Folders\Quicklaunch) and then refresh the skin.
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joxdiaz Featured By Owner Edited Feb 12, 2017  New Deviant
Hello there, really love your work. I'll say that this is the best skin I have ever seen for rainmeter. An excellent job that just gets better with you being so active. Thank you so much for your job. Also I need some help with the player...I'm using MusicBee on Windows 10, however I don't know if I missed something, but I just can't make it work. The problem itself is that the album art is not working.

Another thing I noticed...why aren't you using the Spotifyplugin? using that you will be able to retrieve the cover and progress bar from spotity, however you will still needing to use the nowplaying to change songs.
You can take as a reference the "Spotify player" skin.

Also, I would like to changer apps, to have another player taking the place of the artist info, maybe you can help me out with that :)

I also found another visualizer that seems to have more custumization, It´s named VisBubble.

Thanks for all.

Update:

I'm working on the code, I managed to let it work with spotify :) at least kind of... I'm not a programmer or anything like that so I don't really understand all the code, so I'll need more help in order to make it work. At this moment the player shows the art cover, artist, album, song, in both, fullscreen and regular. Also, I can change songs and pause using the appchanger buttons in both. Still need to know how to change the second tab of the appchanger in order to exchange the music info for another player and still needing to change the visualizer for the VisBubble.
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closer2thelung Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I've never used Musicbee before but according to the rainmeter docs you need ver 1.2 or higher.

As for Spotify support, the last few times I tried getting it to work (months and months ago) it was extremely hit and miss. I just tested it and I'm happy to see that it's more stable now. I will add full Spotify support and update soon.
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:iconjoxdiaz:
joxdiaz Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  New Deviant
As for the spotify support, I can send you the ini file so you can check and improve what I did, in fact at this time it works only with spotify, because I don't know how to made an if so it runs with the plugin you need for each occasion.

Thanks for your fast reply, it's really appreciated. 
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:iconcloser2thelung:
closer2thelung Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
The new update is up. It's now fully compatible with Spotify as well as all the other supported players. I also integrated the VisBubble visualizer into the skin as well. Thanks for the suggestions!
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:iconjoxdiaz:
joxdiaz Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017  New Deviant
that's excellent, thanks for your really (I mean REALLY) fast work and improvements :D I´ll download it right away :)
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:iconcloser2thelung:
closer2thelung Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I appreciate the offer but I have finished adding full spotify support for the whole skin. Works with all other players still too ;)

There's a few other things I'm going to tweak that I've been meaning to before I update the file but it will be up within a few days.
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awktori Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017
i see you're very active here, and i really appreciate it! i'm kind of new to rainmeter, and i really love your skin :) however, i was wondering if there was a way i could put discord into the quick launcher. discord needs the nodes to run, and if i put all the notes in the quick launch folder, it makes them all icons. would there be a way for me or you to possibly make .dll files not show on the quick launcher as an icon? i've tried putting them in a folder inside the quick launch folder, but that didn't work. unfortunately, the application and all the nodes need to be in the same folder (i'm not very good with that kind of stuff so it was news to me lol) thanks for your time and commitment to making a great skin. i would love to give you a donation if there was anyway possible to do that!
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:iconcloser2thelung:
closer2thelung Featured By Owner Edited Jan 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
There are a couple ways you could try.

It sounds like you have the exe file of the program in the quicklaunch folder. Try adding just a shortcut of the program and leaving all the dll and other files where they were in their original folder. This would be the easiest way but if that doesn't work then you can edit the code of the quicklaunch bar to exclude those dll files:

- Right click on the quicklaunch bar (not directly on an icon)
- Choose edit skin
- it should open in notepad
- scroll down to [mQuickLaunchIcon]
- add the following line of code (what is in bold) underneath where it says Count=13: Extensions="exe;lnk"
- this line is saying only the file types in the quotations will be shown. you can add more file types if you want. just separate them with a ; (for example: "exe;lnk;jpg;txt;url")
- So that section will now look like this:
[mQuickLaunchIcon]
Measure= Plugin
Plugin=FileView
Path=#QUICKLAUNCHPATH#
ShowDotDot=0
ShowFolder=0
Count=13
Extensions="exe;lnk"
- save the notepad file
- right click on the quicklaunch bar
- choose refresh skin

If you have any questions let me know.

And thanks for the kind words. Glad you like it! Your offer to donate is super generous! You can donate to my paypal email (matt.crozier@hotmail.com) if you like, but I'm just happy to share this skin with so many people :) (Smile) 
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:iconmacksgonz:
MacksGonz Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017
Hey, how can I actually get applications into the quick launch tab? I drag things into the folder but when I refresh rainmeter they disappear  
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:iconcloser2thelung:
closer2thelung Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Make sure they are going into "ArcMenu\Folders\Quick Launch". If they are and it's still not working send me a screen shot of them in the folder and the skin not showing. 
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Jannek2001 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017
Hey, i wanted to ask how i can interact with the play Button etc. when im using anything else than Itunes, becaus when i change the program in the settings, it goes back to iTunes.
Anyone can help me?
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:iconcloser2thelung:
closer2thelung Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Go to settings menu>music>set music player>type in the player you are using (wmp, spotify, itunes etc...) then hit enter. Then hit save and exit. should now work with your player. go to the link (i) beside 'set music player' in the settings menu to see the list of supported players.
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darkexille Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
no.. freaking way bro...... awesome skin for rainmeter... just mind blowing.. love your work..:happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce:  may i post this skin on social media with your name on it... ppl need to know abt talent that they own in custom mod for pc..BUT SENPAI 
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:iconcloser2thelung:
closer2thelung Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much :)  Sure, post a link to this page all you like!
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holashimp Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2016
How do I download previous versions of this?
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:iconcloser2thelung:
closer2thelung Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You can't, but I could upload a previous version for you. Is there a problem you are having with this latest version?
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ddraig-idris Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016
Hi, just upgraded from a previous version. I have lost the ability to have my Disk based images showing in the centre as a slide show- it is now the Redditt slideshow. Is there anyway to edit it to get back to the disk based slide show?
thanks (really like the skin).
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:iconcloser2thelung:
closer2thelung Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You can just replace or add any images you like to "ArcMenu\Slideshow\DownloadFile"
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mridulSHUKLA Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2016
how to install this skin
when i install the skin
everything goes messy
every part of skin are not arranged properly
so please help me to properly arrange the skin
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:iconcloser2thelung:
closer2thelung Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You can drag the parts of the skins to arrange it properly. Or right click on the rainmeter system tray icon>layouts>the arc menu launcher
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Dirtyearl Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016
why does everyone make stuff for crapple itunes but not spotify? everything about this is dope other than that.
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:iconcloser2thelung:
closer2thelung Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Trust me, I'd love to. I use Spotify all day at work. Unfortunately Spotify is not very compatible with rainmeter. It's pretty much completely broken at the moment. If that ever changes I'll be right on top of it.
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BZArsenal Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2016
this is an outstanding skin. the best one on deviantart by far!

however the quote function seems to have broken. the link seems to be fine, so its a strange one. any fixes? thanks in advance!
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:iconcloser2thelung:
closer2thelung Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the compliment :) See the fix for the broken quote link below.
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ABAKES7 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2016
I have the same problem, took a look in the error section for Rainmeter and it's a RegExp matching error. No idea how to fix it.
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:iconcloser2thelung:
closer2thelung Featured By Owner Edited Sep 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Ya the site recently changed their code. I will upload a fix soon. If you want to fix yourself open up clock.ini and under [Quote], change code after RegExp= to (?siU)jpg" alt="(.*) -.* (.*)"

Then just refresh the skin.
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BZArsenal Featured By Owner Edited Sep 19, 2016
I think you mean under [Quote], there's no RegExp line in [MQuote]. Nonetheless, this solved the problem, so thank you!
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Eden-Kai Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2016  Professional Filmographer
Really enjoying the ArcMenu, but I wanted to mention a problem I encountered and the fix, probably an isolated instance.

Problem:
     - ArcMenu seemed to cause Rainmeter to hang about every 1 second, most noticed when the equlizer was enabled, as it updates often enough to show, but also noticed with the equalizer disabled, when moving the ui elements consistently.

Fix:
     - Add Update=-1 to AppChanger.ini
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